A Family in Farah Sells Two Young Daughters for 60,000 Afghanis

Fariba, a 38-year-old woman from Farah province in western Afghanistan, told Hasht-e Subh that she had to sell her two young daughters for 60,000 afghanis to save her two sons. The lady’s husband is addicted to drugs. Fariba spends the winter with her children in a rented house in the sixth district of Farah city. She sometimes begs, and sometimes for a small amount of money, she washes her neighbors’ clothes to provide a piece of bread for her children.

Fariba calls on the Taliban-led government and aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance. “I sold my two daughters because I had no income,” she said. “If we do not get help, I will have to sell my two sons as well. Help me, for God’s sake. You see that I am poor, and I have no one and nothing.”

Turyali and Raziq, Fariba’s two immature sons, are responsible for providing fuel for the family. They collect garbage from dawn to dusk on the streets of Farah to heat their house. Although the two children are aware that their sisters have been sold, they talk about the hardships of their times: “We have nothing at home. We sleep hungry at night. It’s very cold during the night, and we have nothing to consume. My mother sold our two sisters. We miss our sisters. We would like to go to school, help us.”

Meanwhile, civil activists in Farah are criticizing the international community’s apathy to the Afghan people. Abdul Jabbar Gibran, a civil activist in Farah, says poverty is rampant in the province, but the international community is unresponsive to the Afghan people. “Unfortunately, most families in Farah are facing economic difficulties,” Jabbar added. “Some of these families sell their children. The international community and other aid agencies must not forget the people of Afghanistan.”

Thousands of families in Farah have lost their guardians during two decades of war in the country.

There have been reports of child trafficking in Herat, Ghor, and Ghazni provinces, but local officials in the Taliban-led government have described it as rumored by the enemy.

With the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, poverty and unemployment peaked. According to international organizations, more than 90% of Afghanistan’s population lives below the poverty line.